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Friday, August 07, 2009

BNSF doing track work in Chicago western suburbs

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BNSF will conduct work along the tracks from Naperville, Ill., into downtown Chicago the week of August 10 and in September, the Clarendon Hills Doings reports. The work will cause minimal pedestrian and traffic delays in Clarendon Hills from Aug. 11-13 and Sept. 6-10. The crews will be in Hinsdale Aug. 12-13 and Sept. 7-10, in Western Springs Sept. 9-10 and 13, and La Grange Sept. 9-10 and 13-14.

Because of the work, the safety fence dividing the tracks has to be taken down, said Steve Forsberg, BNSF general director of public affairs. Metra trains are required to blow the horns when passing through the area when the safety fence is down, and residents should expect to hear the horns at night.

Forsberg said the track work will involve the railroad ties along the BNSF line and at some of the crossings. He said someone will direct road traffic across the track crossings.